The Men’s Activism Program will be co-sponsoring a Discussion on Machismo with Lamda Theta Phi Fraternity and Sigma Lamda Gamma Sorority on Thursday, October 4th at 6:00 PM in Room 2150A in the Union. This event will incorporate a variety of viewpoints to discuss the cultural significance of Machismo, as well as the dynamics that is creates. Though Machismo is a part of Latino culture, similar norms of masculinity can be found in other cultures, and will also be touched upon.
Friday, November 30th, the Men’s Activism (MA) volunteer group hosted their second annual Beard Championships. Over 270 men on campus pledged to participate in the MA’s No Shave November for Consent, during which the men vowed to grow beards to raise awareness about the need for consent...
Although great strides have been made to address sexual assault and dating and domestic violence on college campuses, the rates of violence remain quite high and many barriers still exist for survivors in seeking services. At the University of Michigan, the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center (SAPAC) is one place that provides assistance for survivors. We provide educational and supportive services for the campus community related to sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, stalking, and sexual harassment.
Have you spent all month wondering what growing a beard has to do with consensual sex? Does the idea of 'No Shave November for Consent' sound crazy awesome to you, or just crazy? Sate your curiosity, or show off your enthusiasm by attending our end of the month Beardstravaganza.
The U.S. Department of Education’s Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Violence Prevention featured the University of Michigan and SAPAC in its December 2011 Prevention Update publication. This publication mentions several of SAPAC's collaborative efforts, including summer orientation, the Community Matters online tutorial, and Relationship Remix. Refer to the link to view the entire publication.
On November 16th, a special SAPAC benefit performance of "How I Learned to Drive" took place at the Ark .
SAPAC would like to give a special thanks to Kat Walsh, the director of "How I Learned to Drive," and to the Ann Arbor Civic Theater for the dedication and generosity they have shown for SAPAC in organizing and executing this successful event!
It is with support from the community that SAPAC is proud to celebrate 25 years of teaching, leading, and healing!
SAPAC held its annual volunteer training program from January 29th – February 10th this year which included a mixture of presentations, dialogues, small-group discussions, and a film viewing. We are excited to welcome 55 new students to our three volunteer programs, which is more than double the number of students who joined last year.
SAPAC sent seven SAPAC Volunteers to attend the 2012 National Young Feminist Leadership Conference in Arlington, VA held March 31st- April 2nd 2012.
Five SAPAC attendees put together their thoughts on the SAPAC blog, "The SAPAC Voice." The post is titled, "Thoughts on the National Young Feminist Leadership Conference."
The following statistics were taken from the 2006 National Violence Against Women Survey from the Department of Justice:
We know that a decision that is biased, arbitrary, or capricious will not meet the test of fundamental fairness. We know that procedures and decisions must be reasonable. What is too often left unsaid is that there will be instances in which the admission and consideration of irrelevant evidence, hearsay evidence, illegally obtained evidence, or evidence lacking in credibility will violate fundamental fairness. There are two basic rules of evidence that should be observed in the campus hearing: the rule of relevance and the rule of credibility of witnesses/testimony (Sokolow, 2004).
Women of color face additional barriers based on the intersections of race and gender. Women of color often face “double jeopardy” in terms of racism and sexism that influences one’s access to resources and safety.
“I would say the main thing SAPAC has given me is confidence. In SAPAC I am surrounded by intelligent people whose dedication and compassion is inspiring. From other volunteers and professional staff, I feel more confident to stand up for what I believe in.”
This November, the Men’s Activism Program got hairy to promote consent!
Those societal and cultural barriers that minimize a survivor’s options. These are ways that our culture and institutions make it very difficult for a survivor to become independent. Some systems often work to maintain women’s unequal status, which forces women to remain in harmful situations. The perpetuation of victim-blaming practices can pressure women to stay in abusive relationship. Options are limited and non-judgmental support is not always given.
With a powerful reminder to practice mindfulness and self-care, volunteers came together for an hour in a healing environment of yoga.
SAPAC would like to thank Amy Poopat for her enthusiasm and expertise while providing this yoga class for volunteers on Sunday, February 19th, 2012!
Thanks for the message to always, "know that you are loved."
Here is information on what the Peer Education has been up to this Winter 2014 semester.
Rape Trauma Syndrome
Many survivors experience what is called Rape Trauma Syndrome or RTS. Rape Trauma is characterized by a series of emotions and behaviors that a survivor experiences following rape. The following are three phases of rape trauma:
Statistics and Forms of Abuse
- 25% of women said they were raped and/or physically assaulted by a current or former spouse, cohabiting partner, or date in their lifetime (Department of Justice, 2000).
This past March, the Peer Educators hosted two discussion series that focused on different aspects of gender, sexuality, and sexual violence. The first, held on March 22, featured a viewing of the film “The Undetected Rapist”, a re-enactment of an interview conducted by Dr. David Lisak, Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of Men’s Sexual Trauma Research Center at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. The focus of the film was to address the issue that the number of women who have been victims of rape vastly outnumber the number of men indicted, much less convicted of rape.